“Of course, I feel a joint responsibility,” Zeman says of Russia’s stance.

Vladimir Putin | Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev, ČTK / AP

The book, published by Miloš Zeman, who retired at the time in 2005, was entitled “How I Made a Political Mistake.”

Now, Zeman, who has fostered a warm relationship between Russia and Vladimir Putin for many years, is doing something to admit another misjudgment.

Immediately after Putin began the war with Ukraine, Zeman officials said he felt “disappointed” and “deceived” by Russia.

On Sunday he made the following comment on CNN Prima News, reiterating his recent position in Moscow.

“Of course, like many German politicians, I feel a joint responsibility. The German president, like Wolfgang Shoble and others, puts Russian policy on a rational pattern. I admit this because I didn’t evaluate it. “

Zeman said Putin’s own people would eventually pay for the war that began on February 24th.

“We don’t need a lot of information to understand that an attack on Ukraine destroys Russia. It literally destroys it. It destroys it economically and politically, in terms of reputation and so on. There is no worse step than attacking Ukraine for the benefit of Russia, but it still happened because politicians can act irrationally. “

Michael Romankov | Photo: Jana Přinosilová, Czech Radio

But not everyone buys Zeman’s turn. Political geographer Michael Romankov recently told me he didn’t understand the president’s new position.

“I basically hated everything he was doing and proclaiming about Russia, or the general international arena, but it has been somewhat consistent over the last few years now. He has rotated 180 degrees in a very short period of time and is waving the Ukrainian flag, so to speak, the flag of democracy, so today I can’t trust Milosh Zeman. “

Romankov also said that the time when the president stopped reflecting the Kremlin’s views was after the 2014 invasion of Crimea.

Zeman told CNN Prima News that he doesn’t care what people on social media and elsewhere think of his mean face.

He was also asked about his close companion Martin Nejedry, who worked at Lukoil, and a picture of a Russian authoritarian leader was taken on the cover of his cell phone.

“That’s the tabloid debate. Do you think Putin was removed by the way when someone put Putin on the cover of the phone? … Journalists, I’m a Russian agent, a Chinese agent, and even He says he’s an Israeli agent, but I don’t really care about those people, so I just make fun of them. “ “Of course, I feel a joint responsibility,” Zeman says of Russia’s stance.

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